After how hectic the last little while had been we were glad as a group to have a little more downtime in Vienna. Vienna was my last stop with the rest of the group and I ended up leaving the day before they did, but even with that it was still a more relaxed pace. Our first full day in Vienna we slept in a bit and then decided to head out to see the Schönbrunn Palace. We had been warned that it was big and would take us a while, but I think we were all surprised by just how long it did take us – it was the only thing we were able to do that day and we even ended up rushing through parts of the gardens.
We were there around the time of the Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice so the conversation had its downsides but the palace itself was wonderful. Pictures definitely do not do it justice. We got the ‘Classic Pass’ which let us into the palace itself as well as the privy garden, orangery, maze, and gloriette. We ended up rushing the privy garden and the orangery unfortunately. Not only were were starting to run low on time, but the weather also started to turn for the worse later in the day.
The next day we ended up staying in bed even later. I’ll admit that it drove me a wee bit crazy because I was ready to go and do things much earlier than the others. I thought about just going off on my own, but it was my last day with everyone and I wanted to enjoy it as such. We did end up leaving my roommate behind and he met up with us later though because he said he was not feeling well.
We did not have a huge list of to dos that day. We wanted to go to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, find one of the girls a gift for herself, and we had been instructed to go to the favourite cake shop of our friend who had left us in Munich.
We did manage to do it all and so much more.
We spent a lot of time just wandering and enjoying the architecture and such. We did manage to get a bit off track and lost once or twice too. Whoops.
Around lunchtime we ended up wandering around like idiots trying to find a bathroom for one of our group to use and seemed to have ended up in some sort of Disney character photo shoot. We did not want to seem too weird so we weren’t able to get too close, but we snapped a couple pictures just for the sheer oddity of the situation.
It was random, but also pretty awesome. We all came together once more to meet up at our friend’s favourite cake shop. We were surprised (though knowing our friend we shouldn’t have been) to discover that the place was a bit fancier than we were expecting. Surprise!
The cake was delicious though. We got a little bit lost as we had to wait in line ups and did not exactly know what we were doing, but it was worth a laugh. We ended up waiting for our final friend for a while though which was kind of awkward because the place was packed and it was a bit obvious they would have liked us to move a bit faster. Oh well.
As much as I enjoyed travelling with my friends though I was looking forward to getting some alone time as well. We spent the rest of our evening in Vienna trying to find something for one of our friends (she ended up getting a beautiful scarf) and then one of the guys decided he just had to have a stein and he found one he loved (we even convinced him to get the big one).
The next morning I woke up and we checked out of our hotel. My roommate was going onto Croatia with the others but they still had another day in Vienna so he was going to crash in their place (which no one could know about). I said a cheerful goodbye and left the world of U-Bahns and S-Bahns behind once I made it to the Vienna airport. The next stop was Rome. I was super excited even though it did mean getting on yet another plane. More on Rome next time!